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Shining a Light on the Fenix Flashlight Brand

Publish Time:2013-03-14

By Brian Klem
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 2:07pm

Crafted with military-grade specs, Fenix flashlights are industry leaders when it comes to LED illumination. One of their slogans is, “Fenix flashlight, sunshine in your pocket.” I’ve sampled several models and this is definitely true. They’re bright, lightweight and built to last. Fenix is a Chinese company and in Chinese culture, Fenix or “phoenix” has several meanings. One Chinese translation is “perfect thing.” It also means “lucky, blessedness and perfection” in traditional Chinese culture. Another common association is the Phoenix rising from the ashes to begin another cycle of life, often an emblem of immortality, or in Fenix’s case, indestructibility.

Fenix flashlights are made for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts and hunters to police and military organizations. Most Fenix flashlights feature a high-efficiency optical system, cutting-edge LED technology, digital regulation with constant-current circuitry for consistent brightness, a type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish, aircraft-grade aluminum exterior and an IPX-8 waterproof standard. Plus, Fenix also makes a line of useful accessories to accompany its flashlights.

TK Series

Probably the most versatile of the Fenix flashlights are the high-intensity TK series models. They feature long run times, waterproofing and reliable craftsmanship. Designed for use in “emergent and extreme environments,” the TK series flashlights deliver a focused beam with an expansive and far-reaching range of illumination. All TK series flashlights support advanced technology, making them ideal for “outdoor rescue and exploration” in harsh conditions.

The TK35, which received the “Best in Show” award at the Outdoor Retailer trade show, is a flexible, multi-use flashlight with a high intensity, 820-lumen output. The Cree XM-L LED lamp supports four different brightness levels, dual-flash functionality and a signaling mode. It’s powered by frost-resistant CR123A lithium batteries or Fenix high-capacity 18650 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The narrow battery compartment makes the TK35 comfortable to hold and easy grip—even for children. It’s waterproof down to 6.6 feet (2 m) and impact resistant from falls of up to 3.3 feet (1 m).

If you need a flashlight with an extremely long-range beam, the 800-lumen TK60 offers a staggering 1,562 foot (476 m) beam throw range. It runs on four D batteries, which afford up to a 15 day run time. The TK60’s powerful Cree XM-L LED bulb is comparable to an HID light and it supports two different modes and six levels of brightness. Like the TK35, the TK60 is constructed from waterproof and impact resistant aircraft-grade aluminum. It features intelligent memory circuitry. This is an ideal lamp for law enforcement, hunting or for everyday all-purpose use.

Similar to the TK60, the TK70 supports a maximum 2200-lumen output, 2362 foot (720 m) throw range and 168 hour run time. It’s also powered by four D batteries and is an ideal lamp for outdoor rescue, law enforcement or even everyday use. Plus, it’s water resistant down to 6.6 feet and impact resistant from drops of 3.3 feet or less. The TK70’s illuminating intensity is the result of three Cree XM-L LED lamps working together.

The TK41 is another powerful member of the TK series family. It’s also very similar to the TK60. It supports a 1,549 foot (472 m) long-range beam and 800-lumen output, as well as two modes and six brightness levels. The flashlight is powered by AA batteries, which afford a run time of up to 10 days, making it ideal for outdoor rescue, spelunking and everyday all-purpose use. The TK50 is also a mighty member of the TK series family. Although it features a max 255-lumen output, it does support up to 20 days of run time. It offers four constant brightness levels that range from 4 to 255 lumens, as well as 3 flashing modes that include a strobe, a warning flasher and S.O.S. signal warning. It’s also waterproof down to 6.6 feet (2 m) and impact resistant from falls of up to 3.3 feet (1 m).

The TK series features a few compact models as well. Probably the most popular is the TK21 with a Cree XM-L U2 LED lamp, which supports a max 480-lumen output, as well as four brightness levels and a strobe function. I’ve used this flashlight myself, and the brightness levels are extraordinarily diverse. The softest setting is perfect for a gentle wash of light inside a tent or when talking and walking with a friend on a dark street. Yet, the brightest level has a throw range of 702 feet (214 m). I really like this model’s size and feel. Its aircraft-grade aluminum exterior is both rugged and comfortable to hold. The TK21 also features over-discharge protection and intelligent memory circuitry.

Two other perfect little flashlights that are ideal for camping, hunting and search-and-rescue are the TK15 and the TK11. Both can easily slip into the side pocket of your pack or clip onto your belt for easy access. Both are also waterproof and impact resistant. And they each feature a Cree XP-G R5 LED lamp. However, the TK15 supports a max 337-lumen output with a range of up to 705 feet (215 m), while the TK11 supports a max 258-lumen output with a range of up to 617 feet (188 m). One really cool accessory that works with both models is the Felix TK Camping Lampshade AD502-N. It basically turns your TK15 or TK11 into a lantern, which you can hang from the top of your tent or a tree branch overhead. The cover easily slips over the end of the flashlight and it uniformly spreads the light out around you—rather than shooting a beam straight ahead.

The TK11 is compatible with the AR102 Remote Pressure Switch. The pressure switch is designed for tactical flashlights that mount on weapons, and it features four internal sensors that are connected to the spring steel switch module. It also features a coiled cable that extends from 9 to 31.5 inches. Basically, the pressure switch lets you turn your flashlight on with slight finger pressure to any of the internal sensors. When pressure is applied your light goes on and when you release the pressure, the light goes off. When you have both hands on your weapon, this accessory provides a reliable way to quickly illuminate your Fenix flashlight without using your hands.

PD Series

The PD series flashlights from Fenix are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. They’re compact, lightweight and effective. They use CR123A lithium batteries for durable, frost-resistant lighting. These models excel in harsh environments and they can stand up to the elements. Each PD-series flashlight is impact resistant from falls of up to 3.3 feet (1 m) and IPX-8 rated waterproof down to a depth of 6.6 feet (2 m).

The centerpiece of the PD series is the PD32, which supports a max 315-lumen output. It features intelligent memory circuitry, an LED bulb and side-switch function for easily selecting between four brightness levels. There’s also a strobe function for alerting or signaling. With the brightness set at low, the PD32 can provide around eight days of run time. And if the flashlight is set to turbo brightness, you can project a beam up to 463 feet (141 m). This model is a great all-around flashlight for outdoor use, and it can be powered by either CR123A lithium or 18650 rechargeable batteries.

The other PD models include the PD22, PD30 and PD20. The PD22 provides a 190-lumen output, features four brightness settings, an SOS alert mode and anodized, anti-abrasive aluminum housing. The PD30 supports a maximum 257-lumen output, six brightness levels, a strobe function and has a maximum run time of up to 5.25 days. The PD20 is the most affordable of the bunch and it features a 180-lumen output, six brightness levels, ultra-compact design and a throw distance of up to 335 feet (102 m).

One accessory that can be added to the PD20 or PD30, as well as several other Fenix models, is the AD401 Flashlight Diffuser Lens. This is a useful accessory that works with both Fenix flashlights and headlamps with a bezel of 20 to 21.5mm. It slides into place and allows you to quickly switch between a focused beam of light and a gentle flood beam of light. This is possible thanks to the diffuser’s hinged clamshell design.

AD401 Flashlight Diffuser Lens AF02 Flashlight Bike Mount
Click image to see product in use

The PD20, PD30 and other similarly sized Fenix flashlights are also compatible with both the AB02 Flashlight Belt Clip and the AF02 Flashlight Bike Mount. The belt clip rotates 360° and features 12 different locking positions. It attaches to your belt, backpack, etc. and offers hands-free flashlight operation. The bike mount attaches to your bike’s handlebars and features securely fitted, drop-proof screws, as well as an anti-aging finish that protects against the elements. It also rotates 360°. It even features a shock- and slip-resistant rubber grip.

LD Series

Fenix’s LD-series ultra-portable LED flashlights excel in the great outdoors. They deliver powerful performance and support a highly efficient optical system. They’re all powered by either AA or AAA batteries as well, which makes them ideal for traveling since AA and AAA batteries can be found in virtually every corner of the world. Like the TK and PD series flashlights, LD series lights are all impact resistant up to 3.3 feet (1 m) and waterproof down to 6.6 feet (2 m). You’d definitely be hard pressed to find a more versatile, convenient, durable and portable flashlight.

Considered by Fenix to be “the all-round champion of outdoor lighting,” the LD22 is a slender, lightweight LED flashlight with a max 190-lumen output. It features side-switch mode functionality, which controls the four brightness modes, rapid strobe function and SOS warning. It boasts intelligent memory circuitry, as well as a beam-throw range of up to 328 feet (100 m). It’s powered by two AA batteries and in low mode, the LD22 can sustain a run time of about 4.5 days, or 110 hours.

Another award-winning flashlight from Fenix is the 180-lumen LD20. It runs on two AA batteries and supports a run time of approximately four days, or 100 hours. The LD20 features a Cree XP-G (R5) LED bulb that offers four levels of brightness, a strobe function and a maximum 361 foot (110 m) beam throw range. It’s wrapped in aircraft-grade aluminum and its compact size makes it an ideal choice for hiking, camping or everyday use.

Other LD-series models include the 180-lumen LD25, 115-lumen LD12, 248-lumen LD40, 117-lumen LD15, 100-lumen LD10 and the ultra-compact 72-lumen LD01. Each model features an integrated belt clip and all except the LD40 and LD25 have an aircraft-grade aluminum exterior. The LD25 and LD40 both feature an aluminum cone around the bulb and an anti-freeze plastic grip. The LD25 has a beam range of up to 290 feet (119 m) and it features two brightness levels, as well as an SOS flashing mode. The LD40 has four brightness levels, three flashing modes and a maximum run time of about 10 days (245 hours).

The LD12 provides four brightness levels, rapid strobe, momentary-on function, intelligent memory circuitry and a maximum 97 hour run time. Its maximum throw range is 262 feet (80 m), which is very powerful for its size. The LD15 is another compact but powerful flashlight. It has a maximum beam throw range of 161 feet (49 m) and a maximum run time of up to 39 hours. The LD15 is a perfect travel companion, as it requires only one AAA battery and affords two brightness levels by simply twisting the head of the flashlight.

The last two LD-series models available at B&H are the LD10 and LD01. Both are ultra compact. The LD10 requires one AA battery for up to 70 hours of run time, while the LD01 requires one AAA battery for a maximum run time of 27 hours. The LD10 is slightly more advanced. It features six brightness levels (4 general, 2 flashing functions) and an optimized optical system. The LD10 is also compatible with the Fenix AD501 Camping Lampshade Diffuser, which converts your flashlight into a lantern-style light that can be hung from a tree branch or tent ceiling. The AD501 is compatible with several other Fenix models as well.

E Series

Fenix’s E series flashlights are their most affordable models, but they still provide the high-quality light we’ve come to expect from Fenix. The E series lights are energy efficient, compact, lightweight, durable and water resistant down to a depth of 6.6 feet. They can also withstand drops from 3.3 feet or less. The largest and most feature packed E series flashlight is the E21. It uses Cree LED technology, which affords a 154-lumen output. The brilliant beam can illuminate objects up to 440 feet (134 m) away, so the E21 is an ideal choice for campers, hunters, rescue workers, etc. The flashlight features a low and high intensity beam, as well as high-efficiency circuitry for invariable and steady illumination. At high output, the two AA batteries supply about 135 minutes of light, but at low output, the flashlight affords up to 11 hours of run time. Like the rest of the Fenix family, the E21 is wrapped in lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum.

The E series mid-level flashlights are the E15 and the E11. Both are under $30, but the similarities end there. The E15 is an ultra compact, 140-lumen light powered by a single CR123A lithium battery. It features three brightness levels, as well as a high intensity total reflection lens that creates a soft, bright stream of artificial light. The E15’s maximum throw range is 292 feet (89 m), while its maximum run time is up to 30 hours.

The 105-lumen E11 is designed specifically for outdoor sports enthusiasts. It requires only one AA battery, which can yield more than eight hours of run time. It works very well at close range, thanks to its high intensity total reflection lens. However, it also supports a beam throw range of up to 236 feet (72 m) for long-range applications. Other features include two brightness levels, a tail cap On/Off switch and a twisting switch for alternating between the high-intensity and low-intensity beams.

The smallest and most affordable E series flashlights are the E05 and E01. Both are ultra compact, crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. The E05 is primarily for general use and the E01 is a great little Everyday-Carry (EDC) item. The E05 supports a maximum 27-lumen output, 85 foot (26 m) beam range and 170 minute run time. It’s equipped with a Cree XP-E LED high-intensity bulb and is powered by a single AAA battery. The E01 features a Nichia white GS LED lamp with a lifespan up to 100,000 hours. It features constant-current circuitry and a max 13-lumen output. The E01 can run for up to 21 hours on a single AAA battery and you’ll enjoy an impressive 69-foot (21 m) beam of light from a pocket-sized flashlight that weighs less than one ounce.

RC10 Rechargeable Flashlight

With a bright, 380-lumen output, the RC10 Rechargeable Flashlight is designed for general use—especially around the house or on the road where the 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery can be charged using the included AC wall adapter or DC car charger. The RC10 supports a maximum run time of 142 hours and is waterproof down to 6.6 feet. It features a tactical switch with “momentary-on” capabilities. You can choose between four brightness levels and a built-in strobe function, which affords the most ideal illumination for each situation. The aircraft-grade aluminum exterior provides enhanced durability and protection against drops of 3.3 feet or less.

MC11 Rotatable Flashlight

Fenix prides itself on having a flashlight for all situations. This is why it created the adjustable 87-lumen MC11. The MC11 features strobe and SOS modes, as well as five different brightness levels. It’s equipped with Fenix’s intelligent memory function and a Cree LED high-intensity lamp with a 285 foot (87 m) beam throw range. It can run for up to 53 hours. Plus, it is water resistant down to 6.6 feet and impact resistant from falls of 3.3 feet or less. But the highlight of the MC-11 is its 90° rotatable head, which provides multi-angle illumination. It’s a handy light that’s perfect for camping since it can deliver light from several different angles. There’s even an integrated belt clip and hook, which means you can easily hang the flashlight from a tent ceiling or clip it onto your backpack’s chest strap for convenient, 90° hands-free illumination.


For truly hands-free lighting, Fenix also offers a line of headlamps, as well as a headband with flashlight mount that’s compatible with several Fenix flashlights. The flagship Fenix headlamp model is the 230-lumen HP20. Like its other products, the HP20 is water resistant down to 6.6 feet and impact resistant from falls of 3.3 feet or less. It features two modes and seven brightness levels, which support a maximum beam throw range of 548 feet (167 m). The waterproof headlamp is ideal for bicycling, rescue operations, cave exploration, camping and more. It’s designed to work in freezing weather as well, thanks to a separate battery case. The HP20 headband is adjustable and comfortable. The inclusion of a remote-control switch provides convenient operation and control of the headlamp’s brightness settings.

If you’re looking for a more lightweight headlamp, the HP11 features a bright Cree XP-G R5 LED lamp that provides a maximum 277-lumen output with a beam throw range of up to 505 feet (154 m). It’s waterproof to IPX6 standards and impact resistant from falls of 3.3 feet or less. The headlamp runs on four AA batteries and features intelligent memory circuitry. Like the HP20, the HP11 also offers two lighting modes and seven brightness levels. It’s perfect for camping, caving, cycling, search and rescue, etc. With a maximum run time of up to 206 hours, you’ll have the confidence to keep pushing forward, knowing your light won’t die.

Even lighter than the HP20 and HP11 is the Fenix HL21. This 97-lumen headlamp weighs only 1.45 ounces (41.1 g) without the battery installed. The Cree LED lamp is powered by a single AA battery, which makes the HL21 as energy-efficient as it is lightweight. It features two lighting modes and four brightness levels, as well as intelligent memory circuitry and a beam throw range of up to 305 feet (93 m). The AA battery can power the headlamp for up to 53 hours in low-intensity mode. For added durability in the great outdoors, the HL21 is both waterproof down to 6.6-feet and impact-resistant from falls of 3.3-feet or less. The HL21 is definitely the right choice for hikers, climbers, cyclists and other high-energy outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Having tested several of these flashlights, I can recommend the Fenix brand with confidence. Its flashlights and headlamps are adaptable to almost any conditions. They’re diuturnal, robust and dependable. Plus, most are waterproof, impact resistant and crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. The flashlights feel dependable and sturdy in your hand, while the headlamps sit snugly and comfortably around your head. The multiple brightness levels offer energy-saving versatility and the variety of different series and models to choose from ensures that Fenix has just the flashlight or headlamp you need. Whether you work in law enforcement, search and rescue or you’re just an avid outdoor sports enthusiast, Fenix’s line of lighting devices features something for everyone.

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